Communication Constitutes Organization: The Practical and Social Relevance of Communication-Centered Organizational Research

Academia-Meets-Practice Development Workshop, Copenhagen Business School, 5 July 2017
Hosted by the Standing Working Group “Organization as Communication” of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) and sponsored by the “Governing Responsible Business” (GRB) Research Cluster at Copenhagen Business School.
Convened by Nicolas Bencherki (University at Albany, SUNY), Steffen Blaschke (Copenhagen Business School), and Mark Van Vuuren (University of Twente)
Practitioners and academics, especially those in the early career stage and graduate students, are invited to submit 800 to 1000-word abstracts of a presentation or case studies by 2017.4.15

This workshop  aims to tackle the problem posed by Kuhn and Schoeneborn (2015, p. 300) and explore the ways in which we can “open up fruitful pathways for a stronger collaboration between CCO scholars and practitioners.”

Prior to the conference of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) in Rotterdam in 2014, a group of researchers and consultants gathered for a two-day event to encourage the cross-breeding of ideas and concerns. This year, we wish to expand the scope of practitioners for whom communication-centered perspectives may be relevant. Indeed, besides management consultants, we invite representatives of community-based groups, social movements, cooperatives, public agencies, schools, and other forms of collectives, to join academics in a one-day event to discuss the way communication may help drive the creation, continuation, and change of their organizations and their joint action.

To contribute to this workshop, graduate students, early career academics, but also more experienced scholars, are invited to submit papers that offer original perspectives on the practical and social relevance of CCO and communication-centered perspectives. Without being limited to these example, those contributions could take the form of original methodologies to better involve non-academic partners, theoretical reflections on the social role of CCO research, or empirical studies on the transfer of organizational communication knowledge from academia to practice.Practitioners, for their part, are invited to submit case studies that address challenges to the creation, maintenance, or change of their organization. These case studies can either propose potential solutions based on communication perspectives, or leave the question open for discussion during the workshop.

To participate in the workshop, please submit an extended abstract of your presentation or a case study (between 800 and 1,000 words, including text, references, figures, and tables) to Nicolas Bencherki ( Please also include a brief biographical statement for all authors and background information about your organization (in the case of practitioners). The deadline for submission of abstracts is 2017.4.15. Notice of acceptance to the workshop will be sent out by 2017.5.1. Meanwhile if you have any questions, please contact Nicolas Bencherki (, Steffen Blaschke ( or Mark Van Vuuren (

For complete call for papers click here

Save the date: EGOS Preconference “CCO in Practice” planned for July 1-2, 2014 (i.e. right before EGOS 2014 in Rotterdam)

As many of you may have already heard, the communication-centered perspective known under the label “CCO” (“communication as constitutive of organizations”) has been chosen to become a Standing Working Group (SWG) at EGOS (coordinated by Dennis Schoeneborn, Consuelo Vasquez, Tim Kuhn, and François Cooren), following the interest in the sub-themes on “Organiza­tion as Communication” over the past years. This means that at least four EGOS sub-themes in a row (i.e. in the years 2015-2018) will address (in one way or another) the constitutive relation between organization and communication. But given that the SWG will not officially start before 2015, we hope to be able to bridge the time in between with a EGOS CCO preconference 2014 in Rotterdam!

Three members of the CCO community working at Dutch universities are jointly preparing the preconference: Mark van Vuuren (U of Twente), Amanda Porter (VU Amsterdam), and David Novak (Erasmus U Rotterdam). The working title of the preconference is “CCO in Practice.” The preconference aims to be practical in at least two ways: first, a methodological workshop (e.g., about methods like video analysis) will focus on the practice of doing CCO-related research. Second, we will invite practitioners interested in a communication-centered perspective to explore the translation between CCO theories and practical issues. Prominent CCO scholars will be invited for keynotes and discussions. Of course, there will be time to socialize. So, please consider attending the workshop “CCO in Practice” (July 1-2, 2014, i.e. directly before the EGOS 2014 Colloquium)!

In order to come up with the best possible program, we invite you to (1) share with us the methodological issues that you are facing, (2) point us to practitioners who could be interested in attending this preconference and could help us reflect on the impact CCO scholarship for practice, and (3) any other helpful ideas or suggestions. Please send your ideas to the organizers (see below) – or please feel free to post them as comments here in the OaC blog!

With kind regards,

The organizing committee
Amanda Porter (VU Amsterdam)
David Novak (Erasmus U Rotterdam)
and Mark van Vuuren (U of Twente)